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Cahuilla Death Ritual: Burning the Passed’s Possessions

Main Piece: I: When someone dies, it’s traditional to burn all of their things, like all of their personal possessions. We do that because… essentially you’re giving what they want to go with them into the next life, so you’re burning it so they can take it with them. Some people burn, some people don’t,… Continue Reading »

Hold your breath out of respect — Cemetery

Text The following piece was collected from a twenty woman from San Jose, CA. The woman will hereafter be referred to as the “Informant”, and I the “Collector”. Informant: “I used to do something as a kid and..haha…I still do it now. Haha I don’t know, I guess it stuck around.” Collector: “What do you… Continue Reading »